Apple Takes On Distracted Driving With New Feature

Francis Harris
June 10, 2017

The new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11, will bar notifications from popping up if a phone is connected to a auto, Apple revealed at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

A staff member explains Apple's new iPhone 7 to a customer at an Apple store in Beijing. This is surely going to come in handy for many users.

The news is the result of Apple's decision to end support for devices and apps using 32-bit processors. One of the major announcements of the event was iOS 11, the latest version that is expected to bring many improvements to the operating system.

While users can turn on the iPhone's current "Do Not Disturb" mode (by swiping up and clicking on the moon icon), Apple have revealed the update's new feature responds to incoming texts from a fellow iPhone with an automatic reply, informing friends and family you're behind the wheel and unavailable.

Apple also entered the market for speakers-you-can-talk-to with the HomePod, which is exactly what it sounds like: Siri in a can with a bunch of speakers.


Despite the looming purge of old apps, Apple welcomed developers and attendees at WWDC with an "Appocalypse" video that featured the catastrophic result of losing apps.

Apple introduced iOS 11, the operating system that powers iPhones and iPads, at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday.

The Files app arrives alongside the iOS 11. All you need to do is to ensure your iPhone has ample battery left and a Wi-Fi signal. According to their new updated guidelines iOS device users will no longer be able to use mobile apps to trade binary options on the go. Although these are both exciting features to look forward to, we recommend you to not hold your breath.

Called "Do Not Disturb While Driving", the feature will activate if a phone is connected to a vehicle through either Bluetooth or a cable, or potentially using speed detection to know if a user is in a auto when it is moving. This could open up a new avenue of possibilities to how NFC can be used on the iPhone.

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